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Serenity Hospice in Stow honored veteran James Kerr on June 7 with a Veteran's Pinning Ceremony at his daughter's home in Mantua, where he resides. Staff Sgt. James Kerr earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.
The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either a heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.
The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. The Purple Heart is the oldest military award still given to U.S. military members.
Staff Sgt. Kerr protected this country as a fighter pilot in Europe during his time in the Army Air Corps, which is known today as the Air Force. Kerr shared his medals and photos of the plane he flew and the other men who served with him.
Veteran Ray Corbett, commander of American Legion Mantua Post No. 193, presented Kerr with a certificate thanking him for his service to the country. Veteran and volunteer the Rev. Ed Fast, chaplain of American Legion Post No. 566 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1066, honored Kerr by placing a veteran flag/eagle pin on his sweater.
Volunteers Janet Coulter and Mariah Gray were present to honor Kerr. In addition, Jamie Steiner, Serenity Hospice social worker, and Terri Frey, volunteer coordinator, took part in the ceremony.